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The Great Dalmuti


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  • 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two jokers
  • Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exists in the deck
  • A light card game where players gain status by going out first
  • Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt
  • Person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti
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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000BZB56W
  • Item model number: 936851
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,007 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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A light card game where players gain status by going out first.

The 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two Jesters. Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exist in the deck. In other words, there are twelve 12s, eleven 11s, four 4s and a single card ranked 1. The lower the number, the better the rank.

The deck is dealt out to all players and the object is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible. The hand begins with one person playing one or more card to the center of the table. The cards played must all be of the same rank (although Jesters are wild, and may be played with any other cards). Each player in turn must now either play the same number of cards of a better rank, or pass. Play continues around the table until everyone has passed; at that point, the cards are cleared and whoever played the last set of cards leads the next round. After everyone has gone out, the players are ranked. For example, the person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti. Players change seat position to represent the new hierarchy and begin another round. The Great Dalmuti is generally played for many rounds.

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This is a great family or party game.
ARH
It was always a big hit and my boys enjoyed playing it many times when we had a family games night and again with friends later in the week.
V. Kazak
Easy to learn and each game is fairly quick so you can just keep playing new games for as long as you want.
L. Christy

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By whopado on December 31, 2005
My friends and I have been playing this games for years. The rules are simple, the play is quick, and the perks and penalties add to the fun. Our Great Dalmuti has a tall top hat to wear and a leather armchair to sit on. The Greater Peon has a pathetic floppy cap and a hard stool. We have been playing with the German version, since that was the only one I could find back then. I'm glad the English version is back in print.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Simmons on November 23, 2005
This game is SO fun!!! I played it a whole lot back when it first came out about 10 years ago. Wore out the cards! It's best with 5 to 8 people, so it's not one that you'll just be playing with your sweetheart, but it's absolutely a BLAST when you have 5 or more. It's simple - VERY simple. Luck is required but a little (LITTLE!) bit of strategy comes into it too. The rounds are over very quickly - probably about 5 minute rounds, and the seating order changes each round based on who goes out first. Go out first and you're the "Great Dalmuti" the next round. Take your choice of the best chair, make everybody pay you tribute! Especially "The Great Peon!" (Last person to go out last round). We would always play up the role of higher and lower classes, peons not allowed to talk directly to dalmuti's, etc. (It's more fun that way) Awesome party game or a great family game if you have enough people.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2011
Do you like to play Scum? Do you wish there was a different version that has it's own deck and art? Well, the Great Dalmuti is the game for you!
A fun and simple trick taking game where the lower numbered card or multiple of that card wins the trick allowing the winner to start the next hand. the first player to get rid of all their cards is crowned the Great Dalmuti and the last person out is scum or in this case the Greater Peon. At the start of the next hand the Great Peon gives their best two cards to the Great Dalmuti, who in turn give the them any two cards that they want. The Lesser Dalmuti and Lesser Peon only exchange one card each.
Here's the twist, cards are numbered one through twelve with there being only one one card and twelve twelve cards. The one card is the most powerful but if the hand is two of a kind then if a player has both twos they have the highest hand unless the player with the one card also has a jester which is a wild card.

Pros: Easy game to learn and play
Extra fun when everyone changes seats and the peons get crummy chairs

Cons: A simple game to play
Once you play Tichu it will be hard to go back to this one

Final Thoughts: Just have a good time with this one!
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This game has been a favorite of ours for game parties for quite a while.

"The Great Dalmuti" is based on medieval class structure, which was, of course, not equitable at all. In those days there were royalty, merchants, and peasants. Similarly, in this game there is the royalty, referred to as the "Greater Dalmuti" and the "Lesser Dalmuti." There are also players representing merchants, and one player designated as the "Lesser Peon" and one designated as the "Greater Peon", i.e., the peasants.

As you might guess, being one of the royalty is great - you get to collect taxes from the peons, but being a peon stinks - you have to pay taxes to the royalty. Being a merchant is OK, but you don't get in on the whole tax collecting scene, though, at the same time you don't have to pay any taxes either.

All right, here's how the game works. This is a card game that we have played with as many as 10 people at a time, though it seems to work best with between 5 and 8 players, as indicated in the rules.

The card deck includes one-1, two-2s, three-3s, and so on up to twelve-12s. The 12s are the weakest cards in the deck, and the one is the most powerful. There are also two jester cards. These cards, if played by themselves, are weaker than a twelve, but when played with another card a jester card takes on the value of any card it is played with.

Play proceeds as follows:
1) When you get ready to play the first round the players need to be seated. This is done as each player draws a card from the deck. The player drawing the lowest numbered (and thus the most powerful card) become the Greater Dalmuti, and so on, so that the player drawing the weakest card becomes the Greater Peon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2006
We've been playing this game for nearly 13 years. We find it's much more fun when you get in to character. Make the peon stand and the dalmuti gets the most comfy chair. find a crown for the dalmuti, too, if you can!

Our children are finally old enough to join in on the play, so it makes for excellent family time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on July 28, 2007
I'm a recent college grad and my husband and our friends and I can play this game for hours and hours. We had a graduation party and our parents and younger siblings all played with us and we still had a blast. This game is simple on the surface, but after playing for a while you learn that there is a strategy. We used to do nothing but watch movies or play video games, and this is a nice alternative to keep everyone interacting. It's neat that you change seats after every round. If the game is pretty even then everyone might get the chance to be the Great Dalmuti and sit in the comfy chair, and you might also take a turn as the Greater Peon and have to do the shuffling and dealing and let the higher ranks boss you around. It is very simple and easy to understand and also one of the most fun card games I've ever played. Highly recommended!
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